Remember that wide-brimmed hat Andie McDowell wore in Four Wedding and A Funeral? Cut a similar dash as a wedding guest with this crop of fabulous head architecture.

If you’re invited to any nuptials this spring, the sartorial icing on the (wedding) cake when it comes to planning your guest outfit is your choice of hat. Whether you opt for a structural pillbox, frothy fascinator or chic, wide-brimmed straw number, a hat can elevate a simple dress, or balance out the proportions of a bold look. Suitable for all venues – from formal church settings to boho outdoor ceremonies – a great hat adds an element of celebration and doesn’t have to break the bank. We have a dozen options below, from £30 all the way up to handmade investment purchases that are sculptural works of art to adorn your head with a flourish.

Kira Twist Fascinator, £39

John Lewis

The bold Kira Twist Fascinator may be small but it packs a style punch, with bejewelled flowers and quill flourish. Buy it here.

Faroe Dish Hat, £289

Hostie Hats

The Faroe from Hostie Hats can be fully colour customised to match your outfit. We love its simple disc structure and statement feather spray. Buy it here.

Klaudia Large Disc Fascinator, £99

Phase Eight

The sheer weave of this soft pink disc fascinator stops it feeling overwhelming, with pretty feather detailing. Perfect for a romantic touch. Buy it here.

Alya Fascinator, £59


A great option if you want a nod to a hat but feel swamped by larger styles, the neat Alya headband style fascinator adds just enough froth and fancy to elevate an outfit. Buy it here.

Mia Fascinator, £30


With its Carrie Bradshaw vibe, the oversized Mia bow headband is a great option if you’re not a hat person, or if you want your hairstyle to take centre-stage. Buy it here.

Ravello Straw Hat, £495

Suzannah London

The romantic Ravello Straw Hat certainly wouldn’t look out of place at a destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast. With a chic pink bow, it is traditionally woven using artisan techniques by a small community in Ecuador. Buy it here.

Teresa Embellished Taffeta Hat, £500

Merve Bayindir

Handmade in Merve Bayindir’s UK studio, the Teresa Embellished Taffeta Hat is an intricate headpiece embroidered with pearl-flower appliqués and gold threads to create a delicate, sculptural feel. Buy it here.

Arit Headband, £625

Lock & Co.

You’ve heard the phrase ‘pulled through a hedge backwards’, but what if you were pulled through a fragrant flower garden and emerged with blooms stuck in your hair? The Arit Headband is a flower halo of handmade flowers for a simple, modern yet whimsical look. Buy it here.

Halo Headband, £385

Maggie Mowbray

If you’re looking for a minimal design with impact, yet without the fuss and frivolity of a fascinator, the Halo Headband from milliner, Maggie Mowbray is a simple headpiece with structural leather swirl to add an architectural appeal. Buy it here.

Ottoline, £750

Rosie Olivia

Granted, you may block the view of the nuptials with this show-stopping piece from Rosie Olivia, but it is certainly an outfit maker with its striking feather trim and silk roses. Available in bespoke colourways for the perfect outfit match. Buy it here.

Medici Headband, £584

Jennifer Behr

With a nod to Renaissance art, this medieval-style padded headband is encrusted with crystals for a sparkly statement. Buy it here.

Esmerelda Headpiece, £845


The balance of the bejewelled headband and the drama of the oversized bow makes the Esmerelda headpiece a unique alternative to a traditional hat. All the adornment a timeless minimal dress or suit would need to elevate it for a glamorous ceremony. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
March 2022

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